Male skink with a red head and a female black rat snake
Male skinks have red heads in spring
Emerging after a long, cold winter
Green caterpillar hat
See the tiny caterpillar??
Climbing up the tree, this female is spreading her scent…
Aaaannd back in the hole
And who’s this?
A gentleman caller?
Into the nest…(and check out a third snake up higher in the branch in the background!)
Love is in the air
Check out their lighter colored bellies
Cirque du soleil
Baby watching from the window of our house!
See you around snakes! Hopefully well before I step on you!!! AGGHH!
The female went back into her nest in the tree and the male slithered off under our deck/house. These antics went on for hours today. It was so crazy to watch! They are nonpoisonous black rat snakes. We spotted them once in 2009 and once in 2012. We have never seen any babies hatch (maybe this year?!) Are we hosting a colony of these? AGgggghhhh! Cool and amazing, but pretty freaky too!